I've found that if you want to know if a food is really good for you there's one surefire way to find out: introduce it to a healthy, vital body at the top of its game and note how it reacts.
Sound too simple?
On the surface, it sounds that way. I'm a big fan of science and spend a lot of time pouring over nutrition and health studies, but at the end of the day I'm looking at that data to tell me why something won't work rather than if it will at all.
Although I've run into people who tell me I concentrate too much on science and logic, over my years as a raw foodist my own body has actually been my best test laboratory
I use a little technique called Andrew's Litmus Test, a raw food elimination diet based around the concept used by doctors to find allergies and other food problems.
Rather than trusting someone else, I like to take it down to a personal level. If my body reacts in certain ways to a food, I know it's not an ideal choice. Interestingly, the insights gained through using this technique are usually verified by the science once I get around to looking at the data.
I'd like to know if you guys have ever used this technique or something similar and if you've had any interesting insights.
You can read my explanation of how to use Andrew's Litmus Test here.
Yes, Andrew, relying on the instincts of a healthy body is the best. This is exactly what I have been doing for years and recommend to others too. After some time on raw, we develop a sensitivity that we can use to our advantage. I use my senses as my guide. Simple and works. Of course, I could use sophisticated scientific arguments to explain why it does. But why complicate? :)